A tour of Caerleon with Maka Khesuriani, Nana Doghonadze,
Aana & Pati Chankvetadze
On Saturday the 8th of September I met the four ladies of the Kutaisi delegation at The Priory Hotel in Caerleon. It was a proper September morning after the dreadful summer we have had-
I was able to confidently predict that we would have a beautiful day in less than an hour.
As a proud resident of Caerleon I decided we would start with a very reduced history of our lovely village. The ladies were very impressed with the prettiness and age of the buildings adjacent to The Priory-
We went down to the quay next to The Hanbury. I showed them the ford by the bridge which is the reason why the legion based itself in Caerleon. They were interested that the origin of the name of Caerleon. They were amazed at the number in the legion-
One very amusing aspect of showing them the quay from which ships used to go to Bristol (which they had visited several days before), until the building of the “new port”, was the direction of the river. I explained it flowed to the right to reach the sea but at that moment it was going to the left. Consternation! I had a little difficulty explaining that this was the effect of the tide -
On the way back to the centre of Caerleon I decided to stop for a photo-
Our main target was the Roman Baths. They were impressed by the sheer size of it-
Four very satisfied Georgians repaired to The Priory for another photo shoot in front of the hotel.